This is how I start most mornings with my eleven year old.
One of my favorite things about homeschooling is the freedom to linger over our meals and have conversations about all kinds of things. This year, my oldest is working most days so it’s just me and Soleil at home in the mornings. (But this will work for traditionally schooled kids as well! Read on:) )
We share breakfast and then read our devotional together while still at the table. Afterwards, Soleil will have her personal time of prayer and reading before we start school with our morning mingle.
The devotional we’ve been using this year is The One Year Mother-Daughter Devo, by Dannah Gresh.
This particular book was a birthday gift for my girl. I made a little bookmark to go with it, featuring a picture of us and some pretty stickers. It took about ten minutes.
What I like about this devotional, as a homeschool mom, is that it’s not all about school. We’ve had “girly” devos in the past, and it seemed nearly every day was about school situations. Something we really don’t deal with as homeschoolers.
This devo is based on scripture, and every day there is a selected reading to go along with it. All the lessons we’ve read so far have been about studying the Bible and growing in your relationship with God. Every day, there’s a Girl Gab section, with something to discuss with your girl. I love this part, as it has been a springboard to some very interesting conversations! There is an occasional activity as well, but we don’t always have time to do those.
It only takes about 15 minutes to do have this daily devotional time. I’ve shared before how we get into deeper conversations while having our Tea Times together, and we also do Bible as part of our daily school lessons.
But this? 15 minutes of connecting in God’s word together? So worth it.
The quick lessons make this perfect for the family that isn’t homeschooling, as well. You could do it over breakfast, or when you tuck her in at night. Or maybe you can read to her while she is doing her hair and getting ready for school. You don’t have to do every day, even if you can get it in 2-3 days a week, you’ll be investing in your daughter’s walk with God and your relationship with her. Win win!
If you’re looking to share something with your son, here is a The One Year Book of Devotions for Boys.
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